This powerful new book from leading experts provides an in-depth account of how trends towards increased local governance are shifting control over natural resource
management from the state to local societies, and the implications of this control for social justice and the environment.The book is based on ten years of work by a team of researchers in Malinau, Indonesian Borneo, one of the world's richest forest areas. The first part of the book lays the theoretical framework and larger context in which changes in state and society relations have occurred. Part two covers how the devolution process has occurred in Malinau, the policy context, struggles and conflicts, and how Malinau has organized itself. The third part looks at the broader issues of property relations, conflict, local governance and political participation associated with decentralization. It draws out the salient points for other international contexts including the greater prominence of cultural alliances, especially among ethnic minorities, and how ethnic minorities are finding new ways to influence forest policy in the world's richest forests.